Originally Posted by taitharris
Just moved to Richmond-upon-Thames and need somewhere to keep the boat. Need to also know about the various rules relating to river use, places I can come ashore in Central London and any other great bits of local knowledge. Would really be grateful for any help you can offer.
As vjmehra says, the tidal Thames is not very RIB friendly with low speed limits and very few stopping places. It's worth doing once or twice for the experience, but the novelty is likely to wear off quite quickly to be honest.
You can launch a small RIB at Petersham, which is handy for Richmond River Lane Slip, Richmond London[slipway] - Boatlaunch
or if you want somewhere nearer to central London then Putney is a popular choice Putney Hard London[slipway] - Boatlaunch
There are good visitor moorings at Chiswick Pier, but after that there isn't much. You'll probably get away with mooring on the inside of the pier at St Katherine Docks for a short stop while you have a rather average lunch at the Dickens Inn (or get food from Waitrose round the corner!).
If you've got the time and fuel then it's worth heading further, past the O2 and through the Thames Barrier. There's not really very much to see after that, unless you like bleak semi-industrial landscapes.
Living in Kingston, the best place to keep your RIB is probably in Portsmouth or Southampton!